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Gwatney takes tough loss to Searcy

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Cotton Goodman (Chad Matchett photo)

The Jacksonville Gwatney Chevy Boys suffered another loss behind too many errors and walks when they fell 9-8 to Searcy Monday night at Hickingbotham Field at Dupree Park.

Jacksonville let early leads slip away, leading to an 8-8 tie and an extra inning. Searcy scored the winning run following two outfield errors in the bottom of the eighth.

The first inning was ugly for both teams. Gwatney opened the game, scoring three runs thanks to three errors. Courtland McDonald and Ryan Mallison each singled to start the inning. Blake Perry reached safely on an error, loading the bases. McDonald scored on a pickoff throw that went wide, Mallison came in on a single from Derek St. Clair, and Perry scored when James Tucker reached on an error to take a 3-0 lead.

The bottom of the inning could have been much worse when St. Clair hit three batters, walked another, and threw a wild pitch. Inbetween, he fanned a pair of batters and induced a grounder to end the inning with just one run scored.

Laderrious Perry doubled and scored in the second, followed by St. Clair getting a hit and scoring on a McDonald RBI in the third for a 5-1 lead.

That’s when the error bug bit Gwatney, as the Chevy Boys made their first miscue in the fourth. They would go on to commit six more errors in the game. Jacksonville pitchers also combined to walk or hit 12 Searcy batters.

Searcy cut the score to 5-4, but Jacksonville scored three more runs in the top of the sixth inning to take an 8-4 lead.

Mallison walked, followed by singles from Greg Jones and Blake Perry to load the bases. St. Clair squeezed home Mallison, Tucker drove in Jones and Blake Perry scored on an infield singled from Laderrious Perry.

Searcy tied the game in the bottom of the inning thanks to two hits, two errors, two walks and a hit batter.

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